Recommend HB-sized (P90, Ricky,Filtertron) for which of my "Teles"...

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  1. RMosack

    RMosack Supporting Member

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    I already have guitars that cover the Strat and Tele single coil ground as well as a couple with humbuckers for that sort of thing. To expand the palette, so to speak, I think it would be cool to try pickups with different voicings in a couple of my guitars - both of which are home-built Teles ready for standard humbucker-sized pickups:

    A) mahogany body with maple cap; neck is maple with a pau ferro board; 25.5" scale

    B) mahogany body and neck; rosewood board; 24.75" scale


    I don't need either of these to have regular old humbuckers or single coils.

    1) Which would be a better candidate for a HB-sized P90? Why?

    2) Which would be a better candidate for a HB-sized Gretsch-style pickup (Filtertron, Dynasonic)? Why?

    3) Finally, which would be a better candidate for something with along the lines of teh GFS Retrotron that's supposed to have a Rickenbackerish vibe? Why?



    Oh yes. FWIW, I'm currently leaning in a few directions.

    Given the short scale and exact same wood recipe as an SG or Les Paul Junior, I'm leaning toward Tele B as the one to get the P90 type pickup. I figure those woods and scale work for Gibsons in the past, so maybe this is the one to go with the P90.

    Since I think of Gretsch guitars as being a bit twangier, I think maybe the Fender scale and maple (neck and body top) make Tele A a good fit for something Gretsch-like. Then again, this Tele has a heavy Les Paul-ish body, so maybe a P90 would be good here. Arghhhh.........
     
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    I have a pair of the Gibson P94's in a thin hollow body and like them very well.
    They sound very fat and I can get the dirt from the volume knob on the guitar.
     
  3. RMosack

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    That's great, but I don't have a hollow one.

    Anybody have any possible suggestions with regard to the questions asked above?
     
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    I see from the list above that you don't have a hollow one but honestly ,there are so many vairiables in choosing pickups for a guitar that my advice will probably be as good as any.Good luck with your search.
     
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    That would have been my answer to your questions. I've always heard P90's love lots of warm mahogany around them. As for Tele-A having a heavier body, that may be good to give those Filtertrons some extra bass, bear in mind that their characteristic tone usually comes from a large, hollow bodied guitar.

    I think that going the other way round would possibly lead to too biting P90s and too muted at the high frequencies Filtertrons.
     
  6. RMosack

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    Thanks for the response. I think we're on the same page!

    I thought of this, but then I figured that all of the old classic Gretsch guitars weren't hollow. They had some in their stable that were Les Paul-ish in their woods and hardware.
     
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    TV Jones makes some incredible Filtertron pickups... they will sound a little brighter in a solid body and they'll have that characteristic growl. Be sure that all your pickups match in output or you'll forever be tweaking your knobs when changing between pickups.
     
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    A) 2 tvclassics
    B) Fralin P92s
     
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    Thanks. I guess it's looking like a Gretsch-like pickup for A and a P-90 flavor for B.
     

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